CAUGHT on CCTV is the terrifying moment a taxi driver was bitten in the face during a frenzied and unprovoked attack by a passenger.
Leigh Curtis, 52, of Grange Road, has been unable to work since and continues to suffer flashbacks.
He was left with injuries including cuts and bruising to his face, a broken nose, broken ribs, and requiring stitches to his finger.
Just after midnight on July 17, he picked 43-year-old Pilgrim up from the Lord Warden pub in Manor Road and drove him home to Newgate Road, St Leonards.
Pilgrim said he did not have the fare on him, so after confirming that he was known to the radio operator, Mr Curtis agreed that he could pay in a few days time.
As he was getting out of the taxi, Pilgrim broke a bottle of wine he was carrying, which appeared to be the trigger for him to turn nasty.
Speaking of his ordeal Mr Curtis said: “I let my guard down, and the radio operator said he was no problem, and the next thing I knew, I was being attacked.”
The violence escalated to the point where Pilgrim had Mr Curtis in a headlock and proceeded to bite him on the face.
It only came to an end when the handbrake was released in the struggle causing the car to roll backwards colliding with parked vehicles. The impact caused Pilgrim to release his grip.
He was arrested at the scene by police, and Mr Curtis was taken by ambulance to the Conquest for treatment.
In: Other News
Tags: Deranged, passanger, bites, Taxi, driver, face, cctv, leigh, curtis, attack, cab
Location: St Leonards, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand (load item map)
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